Fine, Thanks Brought Mental Health Awareness To The West End In Moving Charity Performance
British Theatre Guide
‘It deserves a standing ovation’
Making its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and following a successful run in 2017, Fine, Thanks is a musical that offers a confessional and uplifting perspective on mental health. On Sunday 14 April, it came to The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End for a powerful and moving performance.
The production, which is part of the Lord Mayor of Westminster’s funding initiative, took to the West-End for a one-off performance that raised money for mental health charities Young Minds and Place2be.
The musical was written and directed by Connor Abbott, a teacher at University College School, Hampstead. Former A-level students conducted over 30 hours of interviews and every line and lyric of the 80-minute show used real life stories that were taken from these interviews, meaning every moment of the play was as powerful as the next. The soundtrack features catchy songs that fit well within a classic musical but in addition have a haunting tone that will sit with you throughout.
Connor Abbott, said: “There’s a scene where three fathers talk about losing their sons to depression, and we have characters talk about how small they feel at times. It’s very overarching.”
He added: “The pioneering thing is to see young people playing these roles, not people in their 40s or 50s. For the people they interviewed it was very touching to see the performance.”
Cast of the charity performance included Eliza Shea (Your Alice, Blithe Spirit), Joe Hewetson (Game of Thrones) and Felix Mosse (The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables)
The performance was followed by a Q+A featuring Connor Abbott and some of the interviewees, who discussed their reactions to seeing their personal stories being shared in a West-End performance.
Eliza Shea said:
“Fine, Thanks was a very rewarding performance to be a part of and the audience had a great reaction. Mental health is something that needs to be talked about a lot more and the play has come at a very important time”.